Joshua Relin

Director of Counseling

Josh grew up in Brewster, MA (Cape Cod). Following his undergraduate education in Psychology and Music at Skidmore College, he moved to Berkeley, CA and worked for several years at a non-public school for traumatized adolescents. He graduated from the Wright Institute with his doctorate in Clinical Psychology and returned to Massachusetts to complete his internships at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Josh stayed on at UMasss counseling center, providing treatment and support to a wide segment of students and staff. His primary specializations involved promoting healthy masculinity on campus and serving student veteransneeds.

Josh utilizes Narrative and Acceptance and Commitment (ACT) therapies while also incorporating psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, and mindfulness strategies to help others to realize preferred values, manage symptoms, and reduce stress. He has also spoken regionally and nationally over the past few years promoting strength-based approaches for counseling centers.

Josh was an accomplished classical violinist as a child, and discovered bluegrass and Americana in college. In his twenties he toured and recorded with bands in CA and MA, and he still plays whenever he can. Josh is a baseball fanatic and played baseball and tennis throughout his childhood. He is thrilled to be joining the Deerfield Academy community with his wife Megan and two young children, Elijah and Leila.